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Souvenir Program 

October 2-3-4, 1952 


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Wayne Hemer, General Chairman W. B. Kranz, Secretary 

Wayne Hemer 
Jim Spriggs 

General Committee 

W B. Kranz 
Earl Cheatham 

Rev. Geo. Potter 


Finance Conamlttee 

Dr. H. H. Foster, Chairman 

Gale Stewart 

Glen Wooters 

Gilbert Vatthauer 

John Ashley 

Jake Pinkston 

Pae^eant Committee 

ATrs .Wayne Lowe, Sr., Chairman 
Mrs. H. B. Ayars 
l^Tr.s. Piul Gorman 

Entertainment Committee 

Mrs W. C. Van Law, Chairman 
H. B. Ayars 
Mrs. Carl Wyatt 

Parade Committee 
Don C. Drew, Chairman 
Glen Humphrey 
Dwiffht Adamson 
Mike Hudson 
Sid Curry 


Mrs. Leslie Moss 


Mrs. Claude V. Snyder 


Claude V. Snyder 


Roy Longenbaugh 
Mrs. Wayne Hemer 

Concessions Committee 

Walt Kuntz 
Jake Pinkston 

Square Dancing 

TTarold Lamb, Chairman 
Sid Curry 
Dpibert Fathauer 


Mrs. Jake Lockart 
Cliff Cearlock 
Mrs. WayTie Hays 


Gale Sarver 

Brothers of the Brush 

P. J. Cearlock, Chairman 
Bob Moore 
Riy Simmons 
John Ashley 
Lonnie Dowell 

Long Skirts 

Mrs Jesse Long, Chairman 
Mrs. Earl Cheatham 
Mrs. Jake Pinkston 
Mrs. K. L. Pistorius 
Miss Glenore Brookshier 
Miss Bonnie Potter 


Mrs Roy Cutler 
Mrs. Prank Sanders 

Stage & Properties 

Roy Portwood, Chairman 
Earl Portwood 
Ruddy Hudson 
Les Allison 

Police Protection 

•Carl Wyatt 
Raymond May 

Program Committee 

Mrs. Merville Snyder, Chairman 
Mrs. Owen Hilvety 

rhildrens' Activities 

Mrs. Elmer Buese, Chairman 
AHvn Allen 
l^Trs. P J. Cearlock 
Hnldon Funk 

Free Meal Committee 

C-len Snyder. Chairman 

Mrs. Wayne Lowe, Jr. 

Orville Gorden 

John Funk 

Russell Sarver 

Mrs. Harry Snyder 

P^b Moore 

.Tohn Cunningham 

M'-s. Es^'ie Stine 

Wayne Hays 

Hurley Stombaugh 

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding 
October 2, 3, 4, 1952 

of Moweaqua 

Michael Schneider, Fotinder 


"MOWEAQUA", there is magic in the word. We hope every 
citizen loves it as much as the author of this brief record of its very 
early history. 

Named by Miss Wells 

Our little village was named by Miss Mattie Wells, an early 
settler, who called it Moawequa, an Indian word, meaning in English, 
muddy water, from the neighboring creek which we know as Flat 
Branch. In honor of the lady who bestowed upon the plat this ro- 
mantic name, she was presented a gift of two lots of its fertile soil. 
All the soil of Moweaqua is susceptible of cultivation. You have but 
to "tickle it with a hoe and it will laugh with a harvest." 

The original name was spelled "MOAWEQUA", but in 1890 when 
the name of the town was registered to be put on the map, Ihe re- 
cording clerk mispelled it, writing "MOWEAQUA". Once recorded, 
it had to remain. Our village has the distinction of being the only 
MOWEAQUA in the world. 

Margaret (Kaiitz) Schneider 

Centennial — 1852-1952 

The time has come when it becomes the duty of the people of 
Moweaqua to perpetuate the names of their pioneers in a Centennial 

This is a brief record of their early settlement of our village, of 
the men and women who in their prime entered the wilderness and 
claimed the virgin soil of Moweaqua as their heritage. 

These hardy pioneers, their achievements, the work they accom- 
plished through toil and hardships would be forgotten were it not 
for a record. Space forbids only names of early settlers and mention 
of the trades which their posterity continued to the present day. 
Town Laid Out In 1852 

The vi'lsge of Moweaqua was laid out by Michael Snyder in the 
fall of 1852. 

Chester Wells built the fi-'^t saw mill in 1852 and sawed ties for 
the Illinois Central Railroad Company, immediately after the town 
was laid oul. 

Mr. Michael Snyder erected the first store building, immediately 
after the town was laid out and John Middleton & Son put in the 
first stock of eeneral merchandise. The building stood in the rear 
of the brick store later occupied bv B. F. Ribelin and this was the 
first brick store, in the town. It was built by W. G. Hayden & Co. 
in the summer of 1854. 

First Flouring Mill — 1850 

The first flouring mill was erected in 1850 with solid oak sills, 
one foot square, on which was written with black paint (apparently) 
by the builder, these words, "This mill erected in 1850." The words 
are still clearly visible. 

The flouring mill was operated by Goodwin, Shay, and Cowle 
in 1850. The engine in the mill was a marine engine out of a Missis- 
sippi steam boat with a fly wheel of iron, 13 feet across. The mill 
was erected in the midst of the open prairie, four years before the 
railroad was built. The brick addition was built by Simon Spears 
in 1856 or '57. It was later used by J. T. Coffman as a custom mill, 
but, today 1952, it is run by the sons of J. T. Coffman, under the 
name, "Coffman's Mill", but not retails only groceries and feed. 

First Brick Residence 

The first blacksmith shop was built in 1853 and carried on by 
Ezekiel Prescott, who also erected the first brick residence in the 
spring of 1854. When Mr. Prescott came to Moweaqua, there were 
but four houses in the place two log, and two small frames. Mr. C. 
Wells and Phillip Ennis occupied the log house. R. Smith and Simon 
Spowler lived in the frame building. 

Railroad — 1854 

In the spring of 1851 there had been three surveys for Illinois 
Central Railroad and Michael Snyder told the Company he would 
give them every other block of 40 acres if they would locate it 
ricre and he also gave ground to build a saw mill and grist mill. 

He also gave the square for the public park for which the towr. 
will never forget him. 

Illinois Central Railroad was finished through this part of the 
country in 1854 and the land whirh had not been entered or turned 
over to the Railroad Co. could be bought for $2.50 per acre, a vast 
fm^ire of land worth millions of dollars now, but of little value, 

In the winter of 1855-56 Ambrose Gilliland was made section 
foreman of Illinois Central Railroad in Moweaqua. After the Civil 
War he became station agent in 1867 for Illinois Central until 1887 
and invested in land at $60 per acre. 

The Moweaqua station greatly increased during this time because 
of the largo stock shipments. 

Illinois Central Despot 
First Preaching — 1835 

The first preaching occurred in 1835 at the log cabin home of 
Michael Snyder and the organization of Methodism was about 1840. 
This society was first formed at the cabin of Michael Snyder, then 
living one-half milp w Pt ^^ ti^o first plat of the town. 

Preaching continued in the cabin until 1854, when it was re- 
placed by a spacious farm residence of unusual charm and beauty, 
on the same location.W. C. VanLaws now reside in the original beau- 
tiful residence with but few changes. 

During the years that regular preaching was held there, Wm. 
Owens preached frequently and held a protracted meeting in the 
Snyder cabin which resulted in establishing Methodism by forming 
a circuit in Moweaqua vicinity. 

Catholic Church — 1895 

The first Catholic service in Moweaqua was held at J. W. Hardy 
home, north edge of the present viHage, during the builHing of the 
Illinois Central Railroad. The priest came from Assumption to say 
the mass. 

Some of the early names of Catholic families included the Dono- 
vans, Lynchs. Wha^ens, Dowds Gavins ard MiPigans. This little 
mission was disbanded when the Macon church was built. 

No more services were held in Moweaqua until the coal mine 
w^s sunk in 1890 when Rev. Joseph Maurer, the Ma^on pastor saw 
the need of many famiUes that had come here to heln ^'-ith the mine. 
He built the St. Francis De Sales, the first and only Catholic church 
in our village, with his savings which he had intended using for a 
visit to his home in Germany. 

The first Mass in the new church was celebrated April 14. 1895. 
Since that time Moweaqua has been a mission attended from Macon. 
Its present pastor is Fr. Thomas ("onnolly residing in Macon. 


First Methodist Church — 1854 


In 1854, the Methodist church was the first church organized, 
with 30 charter members in a $2000 modest frame building which 
served for 21 years in the location of the present Stine Funeral Home, 

Miss Mattie McHenry tells us that at the age of 4 years she was 
among the first persons sprinkled in this first church. Her member- 
ship still continues unbroken at the age of 91 years and 7 months. 
She is a patient in the Moweaqua Hospital where she has resided 
for several years. 

The second Methodist church, built in 1875, costing $7500, was a 
fine brick structure with tower and turrett, stained windows and 
located on the southwest corner across from the citv park. 

The third and present church was erected in 1908 on the same 
location as the second church. 

First Presbyterian Church — 1872 

The first Presbyterian Church was dedicated in 1872 and built 
on the lot where Roger McGee home now stands, west from the park. 

A new $15,000 church was erected in 1915 on the Thcmrs Hud- 
son property. The first shovel full of earth was t'^.rown en Monday 
morning, July 26, 1915, by Mrs. Rebecca Hudson. The corner stone 
was laid by the pastor, S. A. Teague, Sept. 26, 1915, and the beautiful 
and modern church was dedicated Mav 7, 1916. 

The home of Mrs. Thomas Hudson was remodeled ard made a 
very convenient Manse. 

First Baptist Church — 1864 

Washington Gregory's home was the first meeting place of the 
Bant'^Hs. In 1864, the First Baptist Church was built with 8 charter 
members. This building later burned and a new brick building, 
costing $7500, was erected in 1890, and is the oldest "church build- 
ing" in Moweaqua today. 

Christian Church — 1897 

In December, 1896, the Christian Church was organized, following 
a protracted meeting which was held in the First Presbyterian 
Church, located west across irom the city park. Prominent among the 
41 charter members were the families of C. W. Rice, L. D. Kirk, A. 
W. Smart, G. W. Hyland, W. J. Richart, and J. M. Workman. 

In August, 1897, a big tent meeting resulted in the purchase of 
a lot from Ezekial Prescott and the construction of a brick church, 
on the Bible tabernacle design, the corner stone for which was laid, 
Oct. 16, 1897, by A. R. Spicer. E. O. Smith, a member of the build- 
ing committee gave and hauled, his farm men helping, all the sand, 
assisted by the teamster, Wm. Moss, a charter member. First rervice 
was held February 6, 1898. 

On May 11, 1952, Musical Chimes, a gift from Miss Hattie Smith 
and Mrs. Hester (Smith) Tolson, daughters of E. O. Smith, were 
dedicated on Mother's Day in loving memory of their deceased par- 
ents, E. O. Smith and wife Julia (Rice) Smith. These are the first 
and only cliimes in Moweaqua. 

Nazarene Church — 1945 

The Nazarenes purchased and moved the Ridge Church United 
Brethren building from Yantisville into Moweaqua in 1945. 

The Grace Baptist and the General Baptist and the Pentecostal 
denominations have places of worship established in recent years on 
Main street. 

First School — 1838 

The first school house erected, 1836, was a log building and 
stood one-fourth mile north of the present town of Moweaqua. It 
was provided with furniture fashioned by hand, the seats being made 
by splitting logs, hewing one side smooth and inserting wooden pegs 
for legs, there being no desks or backs to the seats. A log was taken 
out of the entire length of the building. Greased paper pasted over 
the opening made by the removal of a log from the side of the 
building served instead of glass to light the interior. Holes were 
bored in the log underneath the window, wooden pins were inserted 
and a board laid on them served as a desk for the larger pupils to 
write upon. A large open fireplace was the method of heat. 

Old School House, located west of City Park, where Clyde Hight 
home now stands. 

Main StnM't, Mow j'luiiui, Illinois 

First Hotel— 1853 

Paul Beck was the first regular hotel keeper; he built what was 
later known as the Potter House in 1853, I. H. Potter kept the hotel 
after 1854, being one of the oldest settlers. Agnes Rettig remembers 
Mr. Potter, fat and jolly, sitting under a shade tree by the Hotel, with 
a gold ring on his thumb. When asked why he wore it, he chuckled 
this reply, "To make fools ask questions". Mattie McHenry recalls 
now, from her hospital room, how Mr. Potter gaily rang the dinner 
bell three times a day in front of the hotel years ago. 

The Potter Hotel building stood where the present Cities Service 
Station was recently built and the livery barn, so lately torn down 
on this location was the original barn used for the Potter Hotel 
guests. 10 



B. H. MoH( nry — Post Office and Drugs 
First Postmaster 

Records claim that John M. Lowery, one of the early merchants, 
was the first postmaster of Moweaqua Township. 

B. H. McHenry was first druggist where the Corner Cafe now 
stands, and early Republican postmaster for 25 years. He helped 
grade for the Illinois Central Railroad in 1852. His daughter, Miss 
Belle, conducted a successful millinery shop for 27 years. Last sur- 
viving member of Mr. McHenry's family is Miss Mattie who resides 
in the Mov/eaqua Hospital at the age of 91 years and 7 months, per- 
haps the oldest living of the old settlers born in Moweaqua. She will 
be 92 on January 20, 1953. 

Five Rural Carriers in 1910. Leslie Moss, left, is the only survivor, 

hiving served over 43 \;ars and still in service. 

Post Office in 1«J10. Left t(. right: P^dna Loaf, John Chirk, Ada Moss. 
This hiiilding; is now ocx'upied by Esther's^ 

Leslie H. Moss and Old Tinker 

Early Doctors 

Dr. Rice, believed to have been the first physician. Dr. W. P. 
Buck, Army surgeon in the Civil War, settled in Moweaqua in 1866. 

Wm. H. Sparling, M.D., was 2 years old when he came to America 
from Ireland. After a fine education he settled in Moweaqua in 
1876 where he became the well beloved physician, bringing healing 
to those suffering or soothing the last hours of the dying, a partner 
of the Great Physician. 

His son. Dr. James L. Sparling, has followed faithfully in his 
father's practice and is now the beloved old physician of Moweaqua, 
still in active practice. He started out as a horse and buggy doctor, 
as all of these mighty servants of man did before him, but he has 
lived to experience the modern motor car and the telephone which 
brings peace to hearts with the doctor's words, "I'm on the way". 

In 1924 Dr. James L. Sparling and his wife, Elsie (deceased) 
established the Moweaqua Hospital which has rendered a blessed 
service to our village. 

First Undertaker — 1874 

Early records name Leonard Melcher as first undertaker, 1874. 
He was the step grandfather of Mrs. Dave Adamson. 

In 1878, R. M. Stine started an undertaking business over S. M. 
Adams furniture store. His son, Roy, took over his father's business 
down town, but later, 1937, established in the residence section, the 
Stine Funeral Home, the first in Moweaqua. After Roy's passing the 
business has been carried on by his wife, Essie, and her son-in-law 
Chester Hodge and his wife, Jean. 

First Cemetery — 1876 

In 1868, a committee was appointed by the Odd Fellows Lodge 
to choose a burial ground. Their first consideration was land north- 
east of town, but they abandoned the location because of poor 
drainage. However, in 1876 they started West Side Cemetery, north- 
west of town and the first burial there was Joseph H. Pollock on 
February 6, 1876. 

In later years, previous to 1890, when the drainage system was 
perfected the Odd Fellows laid out a second burial ground on the 
first site they had considered, known now as Odd Fellows Cemetery. 

First Bank — 1874 

■■^'^' In 1874 Valentine Snyder Jr., John M. Friedley and George A: 
^autz established the first bank. After the retirement of Mr. Fried- 
ley and Mr. Kautz, the two sons of Mr. Snyder, Karl and Ralph, later, 
Cedric,w«re taken into the firm. V. Snyder Jr. passed on in 1909 
and his sons continued business until January 1918, when they con- 
solidated with the First National Bank. 

Later, the Ayars Bros., Ralph and Mart, conducted a bank. When 
Ralph retired the bank became the Ayars State Bank with Mart 
president. At his passing, his son, Haldon, became president and is 
now the only bank in Moweaqua. The widow of Mart, Addie (Buck) 
Ayars is still residing here. 


First Newspaper — 1872 

,c - . The first, newspaper was issued in June 1872. A. M. Anderson, 
editor, and John Marnell, publisher, and called "The Moweaqua 
Register". In 1875 Anderson sold to Arnold Hughes. In the years 
that followed were changes of ownership until April 1, 1893, Bryce 
P. ;^mith purchased the paper, "The Call Mail" and made it a money- 
niaker and an influence-maker. 

"' " It is owned today, 1952, by C. V. Snyder, son of the late Eugene 
Snyder, and has almost a world wide circulation since World War I. 

It is worthy of note that Reed Wilson, nephew of the first editor, 
Mr. Anderson, is still a resident of Moweaqua. Reed's f-ather, Fobert 
B. \Vas a carpenter who constructed many buildings in o--r vi^^are, 
onfe of which Was the present Lina Tolsbn home, built ori^^ina'W for 
E. Prescott family. Also the McHenry house, lately remodeled by 
Roy Snyder. 

'^''^"'" First Telephone — 18C7; Water Tcv/er — 1907 

Moweaqua Telephone Co. was first established by Charles O'Dell 
33 a private enterprise in 1887, until 1904 when John Moll took 
charge. There were 350 phones in the village and vicinity and the 
company was valued at $10,000. 

In 1907 Mr.' Moll was elected Mayor and during this period the 
water tower was erected and he was inst umental in securing other 

In 1910 the telephone company was purchased by P. L. Drew, 
who rebuilt the line and put in u^do [ground cable and bui't a new 
building, in 1916. Today, 1P?2, th--e a^e 700 phon-'^. a-d Don, the 
son of P. L. Drew, operates the business with his father. 


Champion Amateur Hasp ijan leani of Central Illinois lor 1903 
Won H Games; Lost 6 Games 


First Coal Mine — 1889 

October 3, 1889 coal was discovered almost on top of the ground, 
540y2 feet to the top of the vein. A shaft was soon constructed and 
within a few months coal was mined successfully until December, 
1932, when the mine disaster took the lives of 54 miners and the 
mine ceased to operate. 

First Clubs — 1899 

In October 1899 the "English Literature Club" was organized 
for the study of English literature with 15 members. 

Later in the same year, December 1, 1899, the "Matrons' Club" 
was organized for reading and sociability and in 1904 it extended 
its work to include the "West Side Cemetery", which was incorpo- 
rated under the State Law in 1908. 

Previous to 1904 this first cemetery had been under the super- 
vision of the Odd Fellows Lodge. 

First Library— 1922; Woman's Club— 1913 

In 1922 the "Mary and Martha" class of the Methodist Church 
started a small circulating library within the church for public use. 
A program was given with admission fee, "a book". 

In 1923, Mrs. Dudley Porter was president of the Moweaqua 
Woman's Club which had been organized November 1913, and it was 
around her hospitable fireside that the Moweaqua Public Library 
was born through dreams of its members, whose one obsession was 
a library. 

In 1925, Mrs. Edna Sollars was elected president of the Moweaqua 
Woman's Club and she made real the fireside dreams of the former 
years. A street Carnival October 21, 1925 under the auspices of 
the Woman's Club was given for the benefit of a free public library. 

The original circulating library of the Methodist Church was 
then donated to the public library. Late in 1926 the library was 
transferred from private to civil control. 

Mrs. Mary (Kautz) Gregory, wife of Wilbur, was the first li- 
brarian and today, 1952, her sister-in-law, Mrs. Madge (Adamson) 
Gregory, wife of Glenn, is librarian. 

Hard Road — 1924 

In December 1923, Main street was being paved. The State Hard 
Road was started in the summer of 1924 and advanced at the late 
of two miles a week. It was finished October 22, 1924, when a big 
barbecue celebration in Pana fed 15.000 people with 15 beeves and 
coffee was made by tractor steam boiler. The feature of the day was 
an address by Gov. Len Small whose influence brought the hard 
road down state. 


Left to right (seated): Kit Day (Mrs. Karl Porter), Cora Snell 
(Mrs. Karl Snyder), Mae Miller, Eliii^beth Armentroat, Julia Hudson, 
Left to rig:ht (standing): Edna Day, Ka<hel Jarvis (Mrs, Jas. Jacobs) 
Rose McKay (Mrs. Harry Day), Adelaide Buck (Mrs. M. S. Ayars), 
Daisy Kirkman, I lo Goodwin (Mrs. Metz), Nellie Ponting. 


Michael Snyder 

In 1833 Michael Snyder, born in 1812, and Margaret Kautz, born 
in 1811, both of Germany, were married in Ohio. In 1835 Mr. Snyder 
bought 40 acres of government land adjoining the present site west 
of Moweaqua. When they settled on this land in 1837 the country was 
wild and tractless; deer, wolves, and wild game were numerous and 
neighbors were few and far between. They lived undergoing all the 
privations and hardships of early pioneer life with little to encourage 
them but their strong arms and willing hearts to labor and struggle. 
To such as these the present generation owes its prosperity. 

Mr. Snyder had to draw all his grain to St. Louis with ox teams 
where he sold it for 37V2C a bushel and his hogs brought $1.25 to 
$1.50 a hundred pounds. 

They worked early and late in the upbuilding of their new home. 
He invested his money judiciously, buying other land near his orig- 
inal purchase until he owned 2000 acres of surpassing fertility which 
included the land upon which the thriving village of Moweaqua now 

Attracted by the unrivalled beauty of the spot he determined 
to plat the land, giving to Shelby County one of its brightest orna- 
ments, one of the prettiest villages in the state. He was a public- 
spirited man and believed there was a bright future for Illinois. 

In 1852 he owned the land and laid out and platted the now 
beautiful little village of Moweaqua. 

In 1882 his foresight prompted him to give the town a site which 
he did by generously donating and dedicating for public park pur- 
poses, a beautiful block of ground in the center of the town plat, 
400 feet square, to be used perpetually by the public as a park. We 
lament, today 1952, that the beautiful elm trees which have adorned 
the park for 100 years, are dying of a Dutch elm disease which is 
caused by a European bark beetle which carries the disease. 

Michael Snyder the honored founder of the village of Mowea- 
qua, whose name is indissolubly linked with its rise and growth, 
will always be remembered for his progressive public spirit and gen- 
erous benefactions. 


The Howell Store, which is now the ( ity Hall. Notice si^n on window, 
"Men's All Wool Suits $7.50 up" 

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The Rural Mail Wagon used by I^eslie H. Moss in 1910. 



1:00 p .m. Official Opening. Dr. J. L. Sparling, Judge Robert J. 

Sanders; Mayor Cnarles E. Howard; Village Board of Trustees. 

Earl Jacobs, John Funk, Frank Simpson, Tom Bilyeu, Earl 

2-3 p. m. Free Entertainment Acts. 

4-7 p. m. Free Bean Meal — Ansar Shrine Clown Band 
8-9 p. m. Free Entertainment Acts. 
9-12 p. m. Free Square Dancing. 


10-12 a. m. Children's Activities at New Athletic Field. 

Bicycle Parade. CMldren of all ages. Prices will be given for 

decorated bicycles 

Prizes Will Be Given In Silver 

Candy-kiss scramble, pre-school age; 

Marble shoot and bubble gum contest tor ages 6 to 9 . 

Balloon blowing contest and marshmallow contest, ages 9 to 12. 

Sack Rose, Girls 12 to 14. 

Pie Eating Contest, Boys 12 to 14. 

Ball Throwing Contest, Girls 14 to 18 

Greased Pole Contest, Boys 14 to 18. 

Greased Pig Grand Finale 

DOLL SHOW at Fire House to be on display Friday. Entries to 

be in Thursday night between 7 and 9 p. m. 

Prizes will be given for these: 

Best Home made doll; Prettiest Old Doll; Best Dressed Old Doll; 

Most Un;\sual Doll; Smallest Doll; Largest Doll. 
2-3 p. m. Free Entertainment Acts. 

3-5 p. m. "505" Chanute Field Air B'orce Band and Drill Team. 
6:30-7 p. m. Decatur V.F.W. Clown Band. Speakers Mr. Bland 

and Mr. Whitney . 
7-8 p. m. Contest Judging and announcement of winners in Doll 

8-9 p. m. Free Entertainment Acts 
0-12 p. m. Free Square Dancing 


10:30 a. m. THE BIG PARADE. 
12-1 p. m. Old Timer'n Get-together— Free Lunch 
1-2 p. m. Free Entertainment Acts 

"Mirror of Moweaqua — Reflections of a Century" 
7-8 p. m. Free Entertainment Acts 
9 p. m. Steer and TV Event 
Brj-nce of evening- Free Square Dancing and Dancing Contest. 

Next Centennial — October 2052 







1. God's Mirror and the virgin wilderness 

2. Black Hawk 

3. First Family — Jack Traughber 

4. Last of the Kickapoo — Black Hawk War 

5. Civilization on the Long Grove Branch 

6. Serpents of Steel 

7. A City is Bom 

8. The First Wedding 

9. Death Comes to Moweaqua 

10. When Johnnie Comes Marching Home 

11. School Days 

12. A Day in 1890 

13. A Day in 1916 

14. A Day in 1952 


1. Tillers of the Soil 

2. The Mill 

3. Git Along Little Doggie, Git Along 

4. Black Gold 

5. Industry in Moweaqua Today 

1. The formation of the faiths in Moweaqua 


1. A Place in the Sun 

2. In Memoriam 

3. Moweaqua's Gift to Posterity 
4 Our Community Today 

5. Finale 


Tom Candy Ponting^ 

The records show the names of some men who have risen above 
the average of their neighbors. Perhaps no one man did more to raise 
the standard of the cattle business than Tom Candy Ponting, who 
was connected with it for more than half a century. Mr. Ponting 
was born in England in 1824. He came to Christian County in 1847 
and began buying cattle paying six to eleven dollars a head. He 
drove many cattle to Chicago and New York and other towns and 
always found abundance of wild pasture all the way. He came to 
this vicinity in 1850. 

On one of these trips young Ponting stopped at the home of 
Michael Snyder and there met his young daughter, Margaret, whom 
he thought the most beautiful little girl he had ever seen. Because 
Margaret looked out of the window as Mr. Ponting started away 
her mother threatened to whip her. 

In the spring of 1851 Mr. Ponting purchased about 350 head of 
cattle, buying from near Springfield to the Wabash River. After 
gathering the cattle he penned them up where Moweaqua is now. 
One of the pens was where the Methodist church now stands. 

Mr. Ponting was bringing 150 cattle to market in the East, and 
reached Attic, Ind. on Sunday, just as two church bells were ringing 
and the cattle in between. Mr. Ponting was near the head and stop- 
ped the oxen and "I talked to the cattle as if they were children. 
They listened a moment and then moved on." 

Mr. Ponting, as author, recorded in his book of 102 pages, that 
the most successful investment of his life was in 1856, when he 
married the pretty little girl Margaret, daughter of Michael and 
Margaret (Kautz) Snyder. So active was his life that he barely 
stopped dealing in cattle long enough to get married. Seven children 
were born to this union. It is remembered that when Mrs. Ponting 
was just a slip of a girl she dropped corn from a basket on her arm 
where the business houses now stand, after the ground had been 
broken by her brothers, with ox teams and rude plows. She remem- 
bered Indians roaming over the prairies and that they were given 
bacon, sugar and coffee by her parents. 

In later years, this remarkable old gentleman, Tom Ponting, and 
his devoted wife took many trips, one of which was to England. Their 
closing years were spent peacefully together in Moweaqua. 

Their only living child is Everett Ponting of nearby Stonington. 
Two granddaughters are residing in Moweaqua, namely Mrs. Alta 
(Adams) Hight, wife of Clyde Sr., and Mrs. Lois (Adams) Lowe, 
wife of Wayne Sr., who are children of Jessie (Ponting) Adams, and 
her husband Wheeler. 

Capt. A. C. Campbell 

Capt. Alfred C. Campbell, a distinguished veteran officer of two 
wars and a leading farmer, came to Moweaqua in 1851 at a time 
when the settlements were mostly in the timber. He attended prim- 
itive pioneer schools held in log houses where slabs served for 
benches and greased paper for window glass. 


His grandfather, Jeremiah Campbell, was a soldier in the Revo- 
lutionary War, and Capt. Alfred Campbell was prominent in both the 
Mexican war of 1846 and the Civil War of 1861. 

He was one of the enterprising men of Moweaqua and in 1880 
was elected Representative from the 33rd Senatorial District of 

He married Polly Foster in 1838 and their daughter Elzira Clark 
was the mother of the late Poliy (Clark) Jolly, who resided in 
the original Campbell homestead until her recent passing as a patient 
in the Moweaqua Hospital. 



Ezekial Prescott 

Ezekial Prescott, a young pioneer, heard about the railroad so, 
he arrived in Moweaqua in 1853 with $1.75 after walking all the way 
from Springfield. He swam across rivers and forded streams. On 
June 16, 1853, he mairied Mary Elizabeth Taylor, who was the first 
bride in our village. They began housekeeping at once, first taking 
boarders, at one time accommodating 19. Mrs. Prescott had no way 
of lodging her guests except on straw ticks laid on the floor, but, 
they were glad to get even such. 

Ezekiel and Mary Ptescott, the first couple to be married in Moweaqua. 

When the railroad was finished in 1854, Mrs. Prescott and all 
the other women put on their bonnets and hurried to the railroad 
track where they boarded a flat car and rode all the way to Decatur 
and return. There was yet no depot. 

Mr. Prescott was a contractor for the building of business blocks 
and houses, one of which is the present Lina Tolson dwelling in 
which Prescotts lived at the birth of Luther, their son, whom Mrs. 
Agnes Rettig, a daughter of Ezekial, remembers fell off the steps at 
the age of two and knocked out all his teeth and broke his nose. 

In 1894 the Prescott family entertained Mrs. Mattie McCoy of 
California, formerly Miss Mattie Wells of Moweaqua, the lady who 
gave to our little village its name. 

Mr. Prescott served as Justice of the Peace for 16 years in 

Moweaqua, and resided here until his death. Two of his children 
are living here now in 1952, namely, Mrs. Agnes Rettig and Mrs. 
May Porter. 



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This is tlie Ezekiel Prescott home, now the residence of 

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Long. 

Beverly Armstrong 

Beverly Armstrong at the age of 20, entered a tract of Govern- 
ment land in what is now Moweaqua Township in 1847 and did his 
share in developing the agriculture of this section. 

Previous to this, his father, John Armstrong, was one of the 
original pioneers in Shelby County, having built the first log cabin 
in northern part of Shelby County in 1825. He killed 3 panthers 
near his cabin, one of which was the largest in this country, the 
pelt measured 11 feet 4 inches in length. He made the first land 
entrv in Flat Branch in 1832. 


This is a picture of the McHenry home, which from all records, is the 
oldest house in Moweaqua. It is now the residence of Roy Snyder, Jr. 


James W. Gregory 

In 1858 the James W. Gregory family moved to Moweaqua when 
James was 13 years of age. During the seventies he was Mayor of 
Moweaqua and has been largely instrumental in securing all the 
improvements in our village, including sewerage, water works, elec- 
tric lighting, cement walks, and active in school matters. Both he 
and his wife Carrie (Snyder) were very active in the Baptist Church. 
Later in 1908 he became Vice-President of First National Bank, hav- 
ing been one of its organizers. 

Washington Gregory, father of James W., was a Baptist who 
helped to organize the first Baptist Church of Moweaqua and his 
residence, before being torn down in 1908, was one of the oldest in 
our village. 

Washington Gregory 

Beverly Armstrong, son of John, lived in the Moweaqua com- 
munity to the ripe old age of 99 years, perhaps the longest lifetime 
of any person in Moweaqua. His only son, Wm. F., lived in Flat 
Branch since his birth in 1827, where he attended the first log cabin 
school there. Wm. F. married Emma Garey, and they are the par- 
ents of Mrs. Essie Stine, widow of Roy Stine, who established the 
first funeral home in Moweaqua in 1937. 

Ephraim Adamson 

Ephraim Adamson, a highly respected farmer, settled near Mo- 
weaqua in 1868. He married Miss Josephine Scott. His youthful 
military career was most colorful. His grandfather, Wm. Adamson, 
a native of Spain, was a soldier in the War of 1812. Ephraim served 
in the Civil War as body guard to President Lincoln in Washington, 
D. C. in 1864, and was there at the time of the assassination of the 
Chief Magistrate of our Nation, and was at the Capitol during the 
Grand Review, in which he took part. David Adamson, son of Eph- 
raim, has been in the hardware business since 1899 for 53 years, the 
longest of any man now living in Moweaqua. He is still in active 
business at the age of 83. 


Dudley Watson 

Dudley Watson, Baptist preacher and farmer, freed his negro 
slaves in Kentucky and came to Moweaqua in 1857, purchasing land 
where he reared 12 children, one of whom, Rebecca (Watson) Mackey, 
was the mother of Fannie Moss, wife of Leslie. The Watson farm is 
now occupied by Ei:nest Zindcl, east of town. 

Let to rijjht ( alii): Liiwson Walker, Jay 8ha.y, €. F. Gaskill. 
Left to right (standing): Wm. Morris B -d WiV, n Jolvn Halso.i, Kobr^rt 
Dinoan, Mr. Tallman, Charlie Keiser, Jim Shepherd. 


H. F. Day 

Henry Franklin Day 

In May, 1857, Henry Day came to Moweaqua. He crossed the 
ocean from Birmingham, England, his birthplace, when he was 14 
years of age. They were 7 weeks on the water and he was sorry 
when they landed— a rough voyage. 

His uncle, Henry Day the First, of Boston met him and got a 
position for him as clerk and bookkeeper. Imagine a bookkeeper at 
14. This was in 1850. 

Later he tried his wings in New York and in 1858 went to 
Chicago and at the Stock Yards met Mr. Tom Candy Ponting, who 
advised him to go with him to Moweaqua to locate. He did and 
remained here until his death on July 16, 1905. 

In an old ledger many old time citizens charged purchases — 
occasionally ten to fifty cents. 

Well known names — Joe Adams, John Freeman, W. J. Snyder, 
Phillip Ludwig, Thos. Hudson, Ezekiel Prescott, Joe and Beverly 
Armstrong, A. C. Campbell, A. Gilliland, Ab Widick, Geo. Rice and 
many others. 

Henry Day the First wanted Henry F. to marry a Boston girl, 
Felicita somebody, but H. F. soon fell for the charms of a girl who 
rode a spirited horse through the tall weeds — she was keeping house 
for her brother, Charles March, who lived on the farm known as 
the Grooms farm. 

Louisa March finally consented to make him happy and they 
were married in her home in Jacksonville, June 3, 1862. We have 
her wedding dress. They went to housekeeping on the corner where 
the last of their children still live. First there was a small brick 
house between the big house and another house where now stands 
the Snyder Garage and there five children were born. They were 
two years building the present home, completed in 1872. 


When Henry Day the First came to visit the young couple, he 
had his opinion of a girl from the wilds of Illinois. When he stepped 
in and saw her with a babe in her arms, he knew a gentlewoman at 
first sight and took her in his arms, saying "My Dear Lou", and 
to his last days he dearly loved Lou. 

When H. F. came here the weeds were taller than a man's head 
—no sidewalks. He lived at the L H. Potter Hotel and loved being 
invited to theMichael Snyder's and Capt. Campbell's. 

Mrs. Day spoke of tiie first mosquito netting which arrived in 
the home of Mrs. C. F. Hardy. Immediataly all the women wanted 
netting — and got it. 

The mud was so deep that a friend from the country came in 
a wagon and took the Days, the pieacher's family, Rev. Joseph 
Lane, who lived next door, and others to church. 

H. F. had a fine bass voice and at a time when transportation 
was no easy task, he went faithfully to Decatur or Springfield to 
practice with the choruses which were trained by metronome time 
and which, joined by innumerable other choruses wended their 
v/ay to Boston and there tock part in the great jubilee in which 
10,000 voices sang to the accompaniment of 1,000 orchestral instru- 
ments, while prima donnas of the day sang arias. 

For 25 years he gave elaborate pig roasts to his friends. He 
served as Mayor of Moweaqua in 1891 and was postmaster under 
President Cleveland. 

Still dwelling in the original home are his two daughters Misses 

Aileen and Edna. 

— Aileen Dav. 

This is the Ribolin building, now 
occupied by Johnson Super Market 

Henry (Dutch) Niekim 


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Moweaqua Base Ball Team. Top row, left to right: Delos Scarlette, 
Art McKee, Geo. Jackson, Ralph Snyder. Seated, left to right: Doc 
Kyoer, Roy Snyder, Archie Gregory, Karl and Blaine Snyder. Front, 
Billie Miller. 


Earliest Pioneer Life — Prior to 1852 

The first pioneer of the land that became Moweaqua Township, 
was Jacob Traughber, who came March 1831 and resided there till 
his death 1868 at age of 71. 

In 1850 this land was little less than a wild country. Near the 
town of (later) Moweaqua lived Michael Snyder, a most excellent 
and noble gentleman, and the Wydick families, James and Wm. 
Howse, Jonathan and Cornelius Tolly. These men saw the prairie 
sod broken where the town of Moweaqua now stands. 

There was much sociability among the people. There was no 
feeling of caste or class. Any man who behaved himself was as good 
as another. Everyone was considered honest and all paid their debts. 
All were willing to help each other as was proven by all the settlers 
even from Shelbyville and Taylorville who worked together and 
built a cabin for John Armstrong, who made the first land entry in 
Flat Branch township in April 3, 1832. He was the great grandfather 
of Essie (Armstrong) Stine, who late husband, Roy, established 
Moweaqua's first funeral home. 

Other settlers of this period were John Casey, the Gordons, and 

Records prior to 1852 in Shelby County tell of the abiding af- 
fection and love manifested by children for their parents, brothers, 
sisters, among the pioneer people and the good effect it produced 
on the children in early Illinois as compared with conduct of chil- 
dren in the same territory now, thus leading to the belief there 
was a latent power ruling in the family then that does not wholly 
dominate it now. Children were not spoiled "by sparing the rod" 
as many pioneers' memories recalled. 

In gathering of the people there was interest and affection for 
each other but there were few or no attempts at trifling with true 
affection of the heart, later called "flirting". No such word existed 
then, states James Haines, whose reminiscenses were recorded in 
1894. The people were happy and industrious in their cabin homes. 
Loafing was unknown. That came with the earliest saloons for sale 
of intoxicating liquors in small towns. 

The games of those days did not include cards or dice or any 
other gambling devices. Vice and gross immorality were almost un- 
known. Social singing of play or forfeit songs were very popular 
pastime, which usually closed with singing of well known hymns. 
One familiar forfeit song was: 

"The needles eye that doth supply 
The thread that runs so truly through 
How many a lass have I let pass 
Because I wanted you." 


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Picture taken in 1890. Minnie Gasltill, Effie Winchell, Ella GaskiU, 

Emnia Rettig Corzine, Jennie Smith Shay, Minnie PoUick Morris, 

Rebecca Coulter, Anna McDonald VVhittliead. 


Nearly all the books (known) then were the Bible and Hymn- 
book, and Pilgrim's Progress. Going to meetings, as church gather- 
ings were called, was popular and practiced in family style in those 
pioneer days. 

Even the weather was somewhat different in those early days 
as the seasons then were more uniform than now; the winters 
were severe, but spring came earlier than at the present time. 
The heat of summer was less oppressive and for a reason plain 
to be seen. The earth being covered with such a thick coat of prairie 
grass it did not reflect the heat as the ground now does when made 



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One important epoch, the "deep snow", occurred the winter of 
1830-31, causing much suffering to early settlers. Snow began falling 
in December and continued without abatement through the winter. 
In the timber it was 4 to 5 feet deep, roads and fences were blocked 
so that people passed with their teams over them. For weeks the 
settlers were virtually buried in their cabins and went forth only 
from dire necessity for food and fuel. Much of the stock perished, 
the wild game was found in immense numbers, frozen in their tracks. 

Then in January, 1836, came the "sudden freeze", known as the 
"Manitoba Wave", rarely occuring. Up to noon of that day it was 
warmer than usual and raining. Soon after midday, a storm broke 
forth when every puff of wind was like the point of an icicle. Boil- 
ing water cast into the air, came down like a sheet of ice. Ponds and 
streams were locked in ice suddenly, even the frogs had not time 
to pull their heads below the surface for one passing a pond later 
saw a bushel of frog heads. 

The wives and daughters of the pioneers had to card, spin, and 
weave the wool and flax raised by the men, to make cloth out of 
which they made all the family garments. The mothers of this period 
are faithfully described in the Bible, Proverbs 31— verses 10 thru 
31, "A Virtuous Woman". 

In lieu of hats the early settlers wore caps made of squirrel or 
coon skins with the tails dangling at the back and he was regarded 
as well dressed who boasted a fringed or buckskin shirt and trousers 
with mocassins. This was in 1827, in early Shelby County. 

As early as 1834, postage stamps were not in use and it cost 25c 
for each letter. The first Shelby County postmaster, 1853, Joseph 
Oliver, carried the letters in his hat and would hand them to those 
to whom addressed on meeting them in the village. 

Corn sold at 15c per bushel, wheat 25c, hogs for one cent per 
pound, cows at $5.00. Market 100 miles, almost impossible trial for ox 
drawn wagons. 

If the main track in the roads got muddy they simply spread 
out a little, as the new tough sod would make good footing for 
awhile. The broad prairies furnished the hay for the stock. 

Such was the sturdy pioneers who founded a grand empire in 
a great wilderness. Gone is that free-hearted hospitality which made 
of every settler's cabin an inn where the belated, weary traveler 
found lodging without money or price. 

Moweaqua's population in 1952 is 1590. 

Moweaqua Centennial Historian, 
Mrs. Leslie H. Moss, 
Moweaqua, Illinois, 
October 2, 3, 4, 1952. 


Picture taken in 1887. Mrs. (Uinis <Jiiskill, Mrs. Mina Gaskill, 

Miss Ella Gaskill, Mrs. Minnie Pvorbrcjok Hudson, Mrs. Emima Kettig 

Corzine, Mrs, Alina Adams Kirknian, Mrs. Minnie Pollick Morris. 


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R. Gregory & Co. 
Dinner Bell Cafe 
T. G. Cheatham 
Macs Pool Room 
Ray Simmons 
Louis Duez 
Joe Thomas 
Flanders Drug Store 
Callison & Eskew 
Roy Snyder Jr. 
John Funk 
J. G. Stewart 
W. B. Kranz 
Johnston's Market 
John Haslam 
Ayars State Bank 
Harry Hayden 
Moweaqua News 
H. Baker 
Karl Dyherg 
C. Alward 

Orin & Helen Smith 
Rebekah Lodge 
Central Sales 
Bill Stepping 
Karl Eckhardt 
John Cunningham 
Ralston Bakery 
R. W. Adams 
Moweaqua Telephone 

Tolliver & Davis 
Lawrence Hoffman 
La Verne's Shop 
Glen Brookshier 
Floyd Bethards 
Wm;. Jesse 
Geo. Rollins 
Ora Long 
Dr. J. L. Sparling 
Hubert Cox 
Standard Service 
Harley Hudson 
Brown's Garage 
Kuntz Imp. Co. 
Moweaqua Grain Co. 
Frank Simpson 
Lyric Theatre 
Fern Stump 
Pearl Heitmeyer 
Hirold Lamb 
Fire Department 
Glen Gregory 
Chas. Smith 
A. D Day 
Lawrence Goodwin 
Wayne Lowe Sr. 
Paul Gorman 
I. D. Baker 
Elmo Parker 


Glen Snyder 
Coffman's Mill 
Frank Wooters Sr. 
Wayne Lowe Jr. 
Dr. K. L. Pistorius 
Earl Jacobs 
Homer Herman 
Corner Cafe 
P. Hinden 
Shell Service 
Wilmer Mouche 
CI.P.S. Co. 
Virgil Collins 
Guy Rigsby 
Elmer Nicholls 
Isom Adams Jr. 
Gus Vatthauer 
Chas. Kemper 
Chas. Bright 
Mplvin Hoots 
Harry Snyder 
Ben Stogsdill 
Reginald Adams 
A. C. Wright 
R. E. Day 
Louis Gorden 
Harold Allen 
Cib Vatthauer 
Emma Snyder 
C. Dunkel 
Fr-^nk Compton 

Mrs. Hays 
I. Traughber 
M Metzger 
G. We-^ber 
Mrs. Dickerson 
Mrs. Hibbard 
Farmers Grain Co. 
Roy Snyder Sr. 
John Potts 
Chas. Tolly 
Roy Moore 
Moweaqua Feed Co. 
Orville Gorden 
Jacob Lockart 
Louie Root 
Thompson Lbr Co. 

& Suppliers 
Herb Jackson 
Kroger Co 
Don Saddorius 
Kenneth Otta 
Fred Elmers 
Noble Elmers 
Clyde Taylor 
Ed Sanner 
Earl Smull 

Junior Smull 
C. E. Ooultas 
E. C. Pierce 
Lyle Gaither 
Dick Gaither 
James Gaither 
Lawrence Gaither 
Paul Shaddock 
Lloyd Ekiss 
T'enneth Ekiss 
Harry Jackson 
Gregg Jordan 
Jake Pinkston 
Frank Sanders 
Ben Sanders 
Floyd Trimble 
Edgar Wise 
Tnm Hemer 
Glen Jackson 
Tian McGrath 
Roe Stich 
George Matthew 
Russell Bourne 
Jesse Ater 
Robert Camac 
Orlando Bohlen 
Running Bros. 
William Bohlen 
Lyle Reinerd 
Arthur Boggs 
Z^larence Marmor 
Hudson Bros. 
Seth Marshall 
Owen Hilvety 
Fred Larsen 
Ralph Clipston 
Raymond Hight 
Bert McCarty 
Lem Bullock 
Cleo Askins 
Dudley Porter 
Verne Fulk 
Fred Shuster 
Harold Goodwin 
John Myers 
Henry Hemer 
Joe Clipston 
John Gorden 
Oscar Parks 
Harold Wilcox 
Bernard Carr 
William Cutler 
Edith Arthur 
TT. J. Austin 
Ernest Fuller 
Glen Hemer 
Don Pyatt 
Gayl Reulecke 
Clarence Lambdin 
Glen Ellison 

'Chas. Jacobs 
Radford Grain Co. 
Harvey Myers 
Martin Walker 
Marvin Mathias 
Willard Vincent 
Kenneth Jacobs 
Byron Jacobs 
John Lawrence 
Verna Peabody 
Roy Johnson 
Clarence Workman 
Cleona Workman 
John Seifert 
Herman Zindel 
Floyd Dial 
Elmer Seifert 
Standley Gary 
Sloan Imp. Co. 
Joe Davis 
Chas. Riggins 
Dale Riggins 
John Ashley 
Ronald Herman 
Carl Seifert 
Lane Reatherford 
King Reatherford 
Krumseik Mon. Co. 
Trulock Chev. Co. 
John Dial 
Gilbert Baird 
L. Clark 
Jesse Adams 
Bob Burdick 
Walter Beamer 
Ch^s Burdick 
Fred Stiner 
Chester Warren 
Ralph Zindel 
Junior Zindel 
Ernest Houk 
Mrs. Johnson 

D. D. Shumway 
Carrol Zindel 
Wm. Van Law 
J. W. Erwin 
Dowell Feed Co. 
R .E. Wetzel 
Wayne Myers 
Harold Lynn 
Otis McLain 
Wilson Edwards 
Robt Jesse 

W. H. Miller 
r-^rtie Duncan 
Nora Rogers 
Mrs. Leaf 
Ray Smith 

E. Belcher 
E. J. Lynn 

Chas. Dowd 
Ray Dennis 
Mrs. Howell 
Vern Gregory 
Carl Wooters 
Don Fathauer 
Mrs. Cooley 
James Pleasant 
Chas. Sims 
Mort Gregory 
Sadie West 
Cliff Cearlock 
Eva Workman 
Lucy Beck 
Al Beckman 
Louise Sloan 
Ibra Adams 
Ralph Tolly 
James Cutler 
Glen Humphrey 

C. B. Parker 
Roy Bilyeu 
Odessa Kirk 
Sid 'Cheatham 
Les Allison 
Ralph Bridgman 

D. V. Reatherford 
Chas. Myers 

J. W. Humphrey 
Mrs. Trempel 
John Vandeventer 
May Whitsett 
Jim Workman 
Helen Day 
Mrs. Sanders 
Frank Wooters 
W R. Snyder 
Catherine Catherwood 
P-^ul Fimk 
Betty Morrell 
John Hardin 
Jack Spangler 
Sid Dowd 
Bob Adams 
Lloyd Snyder 
Otis Allison 
Mary Dooley 
Steve Tirpak 
Mary DeClerk 
Joe Pekovitch 
Chas. Kitch 
Gale Sarver 
LO.O.F. Lodge 
Norma Mahone 
William Minott 
Laura Jacobs 
William Lilligh 
Frank Mclntire 
T'ohlen Bros. 
Roy Cutler 

Bud Gillett 
May Waite 
Bernard Weerts 
Harry Thomason 
Lola Thomason 
Sam Mathias 
Carl Hemer 
Dvright Wallace 
Raci Settle 
Maybel Alward 
Jesse Pierson 
Art Downs 
Glen Wooters 
E. R. Harper 
Carl Wooters 
Marvin Jordan 
W. L Cox 
Ed Gregory 
Logan Hooper 
Dave Beck 
Warren Burgener 
Harry Burgener 
Carl Jesse 
Bill Barbre 
Earl Jordan 
Aaron Small 
Chas. Hubner 
Fred Becker 
Dave Laughlin 
Chas. Wooters 
Fred Burgener 
Wayne Gregory 
Pert Jackson 
Floyd Wooters 
Fred Enslow 
Floyd Jacobs 
Orin Wright 
Wm. Atkinson 
Wm. Workman 
Ernest Hilvety 
Elmer Buese 
Russell Whiston 
Lena Cheatham 
Mrs. W. Tankersley 
James Hedges 
Mildred Stewart 
Mervil Snyder 
Harry Bramblett 
J. C. Hight 
Alta Hight 
A M. Wilson 
Dave Hill 
Tom Bilyeu 
Tom Wise 
Owen Moore 
Glen Gorden 
John Newman 
Christine Gregory 
Fred Hartman 
Lee Goodrich 

H. Tilton 
Myrtle Scarlett 
John Hericli 
Chas. Jenkins 
Ora Winter 
Geo. Denton 
Walter Weber 
Paul Jordan 
Dean Bright 
Les Jackson 
E. G. Beard 
Joe Hibbard 
Gale McElroy 
Oliver Morrell 
Elva Weakly 
Earl Houts 
Ralph Carroll 
Hattie Carroll 
Wm .Newman 
Russell Sarver 
Tom Riley 
Mrs. Fred Williams 
Kyle Adams 
Mrs. Wm. Heriot 
Robert Hammil 
Neyl Keller 
Laura Bramblett 
Lucy Riley 
Mrs London 
Wanda Hopkins 
Fred Klarman 

Wayne Barnes 
Wib Bilyeu 
Betty Pore 
Isaac Bilyeu 
Bob White 
Marcel Morrell 
Lyle Bilyeu 
Wm. Brooks 
Harry Upchurch 
Earl Brookshier 
Chas. Poole 
Geo. Potter 
Elmer Marshall 
Emerson Mathias 
Louisa Keilman 
Lawrence Wooters 
Paul Kroenlein 
Guy Cox 
Sid Macklin 
Coy Waddell 
Vern Waddell 
Gerald Jordan 
Geo. Lockart 
Noble Stump 
Glen Stump 
Chester Mathias 
M. H. Primmer 
Warren Weakly 
Prank Cutler 
John Protsman 
Frank Sloan 

Blaine Abraham 
Lloyd Cole 
Everett Lash 
Trace Gregory 
Clarence Hemer 
Ross Abraham 
Masonic Lodge 
H. H. Foster 
Domestic App. Mart 
Snyder Variety Stor» 
Adamson Hrdw. Co. 
American Legion 
Dave Adamson 
Ray Simmons 
Drive Inn 
Jesse Long 
Roy Richardson 
Leona Cooper 
Moweaqua Pack. Plant 
Alva Fore 
Mrs. Dan DeClerck 
Paul Smock 
Mrs. R. C. Linn 
WRvne Hemer 
Clinton Chamber 

of Commerce 
Leon Tolly 
r C. Miller 
Jim Jordan 
Jim Bradbury 

Contributors To Free Ham and Bean Meal — Financial and Otherwise 

Thompson Lumber Co., Decatur 
Dallas Cobum, Decatur 
Borden's Ice Cream Co., Decatur 
Wilbert Vault Co., Decatur 
Tolly's Market, Decatur 
Crane Potato Chip Co., Decatur 
A & P, Decatur 
P & D Produce Co., Decatur 
Tasty Bakery Co., Decatur 
C. E Ward & Sons, Decatur 
Kroger Co., Moweaqua 
Meadow Gold Dairy Co. , 

Glen Vilmure's, Buckmaster's, 

Coffman's Mill 
Harley Stombaugh 
Metzler Produce Co., Decatur 
'Cochran's Produce Co., Pana 
Jageman .?' Bode Springfield 
Johnnie's Golf Shop 
C H. Ralston. M'owe'^qua Bakery 
Elwin Gas & Electric Co., Inc. 

Envin Feisler, MgT. 


The General Committee and the Free Bean Meal Committee wishe? 
to gratefully acknowledge the assistance of everyone who helped with 
this big undertaking in any way whatsoever. We regret that some 
names have no doubt been omitted, either because they weren't received 
by the publisher or were received too late. 


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